Christian wrote:Sad to see him go. Say what you will, I for one am never happy to see a rider end his career because of injury. Not even Contador I would be happy. Has a bit of a "kicking a guy when he's down" feeling to it. No offense.
I don't think it's a case of "kicking him when he's down," and I say that only because Andy received plenty of flak, for plenty of reasons, even at the height of his powers. A lot of people just don't care for him. Even if he had just won a GT, Worlds, Lombardia, and was in good health, lots of folks would still be dishing it out, and not unhappy about a possible retirement.
I never like to see a rider end his career prematurely due to injury either, but I won't miss Andy. I do wonder, though, if he and his brother have any regrets about the unceremonious way in which they left Bjarne's team. On so many levels, things never did quite work out as they had hoped. Obviously.